Quotes by James Baldwin

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

American writer

Alive from: 1924-1987

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    I am aware that no man is a villain in his own eyes.
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    I am certainly convinced that it is one of the greatest impulses of mankind to arrive at something higher than a natural state.
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    I can't be a pessimist, because I am alive.
    Source: Doom and glory of knowing who you are
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    I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
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    I really do believe in the New Jerusalem. I really do believe that we can all become better than we are. I know we can. But the price is enormous and people are not yet willing to pay it.
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    I think Americans are terrified of feeling anything. I never met a people more infantile in my life.
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    I think white gay people feel cheated because they were born, in principle, in a society in which they were supposed to be safe. The anomaly of their sexuality puts them in danger, unexpectedly.
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    If all you want to do is make money, the very last thing you need is imagination.
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    If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.
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    If you really want to know something about solitude, become famous.
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    If you think too far ahead, if you even try to think too far ahead, you'll never make it.
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    If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.
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    It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
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    It is astonishing that in a country so devoted to the individual, so many people should be afraid to speak.
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    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
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